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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

In purely psychological terms, all the behaviours that keep us alive are controlled or driven by the unconscious brain. That is, most of the time, we don't need to reflect on the course of actions ...
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The "point" to an Atheists existence

This isn't really a philosophy question, but there is no atheism stackexchange and so it seems philosophy is the next best bet (we do address the philosophy of religion/religiosity and the lack ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

However, it takes nothing of these moments after death, so it would be the same if they had never existed. Suffering, on the other hand, inflicts pain on it, which it has to endure during its lifetime....
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The "point" to an Atheists existence

I've been an atheist for as long as I can remember (I never quite believed anyone could rise from the dead, walk on water and stuff without documented, repeatable proof) and I've never struggled with ...
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How is the meaning of life "recursive"?

I think that the second half of the given Wikipedia passage is just confused. First, the concept of recursion belongs to algorithm theory, and is unhelpful here. Recursion, unlike what is written, is ...
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The "point" to an Atheists existence

There are already several answers that hint at what I'm about to say, but here's my opinion on the matter. I've been an Atheist my whole life (I was actually shocked to learn that other people took ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

OP's question sounds similar to the argument for nihilism. If we don't take anything with us, what's the point of living at all? Let me offer the following observation. I propose that Nihilism has it ...
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The "point" to an Atheists existence

I feel your pain. I grew up Catholic, but I lost my faith in my early 20s when I began asking questions and discovered answers that completely contradicted what I had known to be the truth. I'm ...
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What is the purpose of life? Why should we live or even be created?

First, your emotions around this question are something that I would advise you to seek help with - whether it is with a trusted friend or relative, or someone trained to help people deal with such a ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

First, you are treating Joy and Suffering asymmetrically. You don't take anything with you. Your Suffering and your Joy are gone. Using Joy as a proxy term for "anything good" and Suffering ...
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Can a life have a trivial meaning if it's all there is?

The whole discussion whether life is trivial or meaningful seems to me to be based on the wrong assumption that significance or insignificance is a property inherent to life, that life qua life is ...
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Is 'meaning of life' a recent topic in philosophy?

I think the claim that "meaning of life" is new in philosophy may be (a) possibly true in the narrowest sense and (b) empty in any real sense. First off, it might be possibly true in the narrowest ...
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Have philosophers attributed an intrinsic value to life?

1) Your question concerning the value of life has been answered differently. The answer depends on the worldview of the person who gives the answer. E.g., according to the Jewish and the Christian ...
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Is good the absence of evil or is it the other way round?

In the neo-Platonic tradition, from Plato, through Plotinus, and from there integrated into mainstream Christian and Islamic theology, good is the only true reality, and evil is just the absence of ...
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If all of us are going to die one day why should we care about the feelings and emotions of others?

Even animals care for their young ones (their feelings and emotions also). This is an already-installed quality in most living things. Haven't you seen mother birds hatching their eggs? Will they ...
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Source of a Russell quote about purpose and meaninglessness

With further searching I found the answer in Hugh S. Moorhead's The Meaning of Life, page 164-165. The quote comes from a letter to Hugh Moorhead from Bertrand Russell on January 10, 1952. Moorhead ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

The instinct to live is primal in every lifeform, expressing as mastery of environment and basically power. Mastery of environment is the base drive. Once it is operational, survival follows without ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

An important point that contributors so far have not raised is that we survive because of an inbuilt (i.e. subconscious) mechanism to survive. Any species that lacks this property can expect ...
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The "point" to an Atheists existence

As an atheist myself, this is a question that I, personally, have struggled with. I've never been suicidal, or even had serious suicidal thoughts, but pondering my own existence and the reasons ...
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The "point" to an Atheists existence

There is a lot of Ben and Jerrys left to be eaten, places to see, and so on. As with everything else in life, just because the fun will eventually end, does not imply that you need to end it early. ...
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Why human die, what is the meaning of life?

Not only humans die. Other animals die too. From the perspective of evolution dying of old animals gives way to a new generation, better adapted to a changing environment. I do not recognize a ...
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What do atheists believe in? (in layman terms)

The conversation you refer to is not an easy one. What is difficult about it is that you have an individual who clearly believes in something (a religious belief), and they're going on the attack. ...
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What's the meaning of the meaning of life?

What is the meaning of X? What is the meaning of the meaning of life? For the meaning of life to have any meaning, it must first exist. Either your life has meaning, or it doesn't. Here is the ...
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What is the point of acquiring knowledge when time would take it away soon enough?

What's the point of working when all money will eventually perish? Why bother going to school when your brain is just a temporary storing unit that decays and will eventually perish too? Why do ...
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What is the "scientific" purpose of existence?

Science is not well adapted to addressing purpose -- most science starts with the assumption that purpose should be either ignored, or dismissed. So --what you would be interested in may be ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

This is a matter of perspective. We tend to think of ourselves as separate from others. I am me, an individual being; you are you, another individual being. Although that's true, it's not the full ...

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